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Grambling’s Cloud Computing Program Reaches for the Sky with Industry Partners

First Cloud Computing Program in Louisiana Draws Interest Nationally  

Online Cloud Program Student PhotoGRAMBLING, La. – September 4, 2020 – As Grambling State University launches its innovative Cloud Computing program, a new industry partner has joined to support the effort.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed on with its AWS Educate program to offer support to the institution’s unique computer science programs.
Grambling State University is Louisiana’s top producer of African American computer science and computer information system graduates. The newly launched Cloud Computing program is the first of its kind in the state.

Through AWS Educate, the company’s global initiative to support cloud learning for students and faculty, educational organizations receive benefits such as:

• Guidance in building an educational institution’s degree programs in Cloud Computing to ensure that the program outcomes align with the skills necessary to prepare a student for AWS industry certifications and employment in the field of cloud computing.

• Access to curriculum resources – including syllabi, instructional content, hands-on activities and assessments – that support student learning in Cloud Computing.

• Access to content to support professional development and technical training for faculty members who will deliver program coursework.

• AWS Promotional Credit to ensure that students have an opportunity to practice and apply their knowledge using the AWS console.

• Access to the AWS Educate Job Board, which contains cloud-related job postings from Amazon and our customers and partners, to help match Educate members with employers looking for cloud-skilled talent.

“We’re continuously working to prepare students for the enormous opportunities in today’s economy,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are grateful for partners like AWS who support these important efforts.”

Gallot was invited to meet the president of AWS, and the relationship that led to this designation for Grambling State was born. AWS support helped Grambling State earn state approval of the program.

Since Gallot made the AWS connection, three Grambling State professors have attended AWS Academy and Cloud Computing curriculum has come to the campus.

Dr. Yenumula Reddy, professor and program coordinator in the department of computer science, is working hand-in-hand with AWS Cloud Computing experts to develop the curriculum. They are continuing to work together on AWS course contents, Dr. Reddy said.

Cybersecurity student Alexis White is among those interested in learning about Cloud Computing.

“We are in need of more professionals that have a passion for Cloud Computing,” she said. “That starts with our students at Grambling State University being the catalyst for our future.”

The Louisiana Technical and Community College System also is preparing a two-year Cloud Computing curriculum that will bridge to Grambling State’s four-year program.

“When universities work hand in hand with industry partners to identify the skills needed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing sector students always benefit,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed. “As the state focuses on developing talent so Louisiana prospers, new programs like cloud computing will play a major role in attracting new students and graduating them in high demand, high-wage careers. Grambling has been laser focused on creating a top-notch degree and we recognize their innovation and persistence.”

Professionals with these skills are projected to remain in high demand for decades to come.

According to Forbes, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in Cloud Computing,” Dr. Connie Walton, vice president of academic affairs and provost, said. “The global Cloud Computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023. The degree program in Cloud Computing will allow Grambling State University to play a major role in ensuring that workforce needs related to cloud computing can be met.”

Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can do the title of Cloud Architect, Cloud Consultant, IoT Engineer and many other high demand tech-based positions with a median starting salary over $80k for many positions.

Other industry partners for Cloud Computing include LED, Oracle Academy, Oracle NetSuite, Cisco Networking Academy, Microsoft, IBM and Google Analytics Academy.

For more information about Grambling State’s computer science programs, visit


About Grambling State University 
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody.

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Coach Broderick Fobbs to Join Dr. David Ponton and Leon Thomas III for Virtual Town Hall on Athletics

Virtual Town Hall Meeting with GSU Director of Athletics, Dr. David Ponton and Head Football Coach, Broderick Fobbs. Moderated by Leon Thomas, III. Tune in on Facebook Live Thurs., April 9th at 6pm.“The Voice” of Grambling State Athletics to Moderate Facebook Live Q&A 

GRAMBLING, La – April 8, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University Athletics Director Dr. David Ponton announced a Town Hall-style Q&A meeting with Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs to be hosted on the University’s Facebook Live with moderator Leon Thomas III on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

“With SWAC cancellation and the suspension of all athletics activity, Tiger fans have questions and we want to speak directly to them,” said Dr. Ponton.

Grambling State Wins Gold HBCUgrow LEAD Awards for Best Leadership and Innovation

Grambling State Wins! Lead 2020 - The Intersection of Business and EducationPresident Gallot and University Honored by Peer Institutions for Excellence in 5 Categories

GRAMBLING, La – April 8, 2020 – Grambling State University received Gold Awards for Best Leadership and LEAD Innovation for a total of five award wins in different categories: 

Best Leadership
Gold Award
President Rick Gallot, Grambling State University

LEAD Innovation
Gold Award
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LEAD Military-Friendly
Silver Award
Grambling State University

LEAD Website
Bronze Award
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LEAD Marketing
Bronze Award
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“I’m exceedingly grateful for the outstanding team that makes growth and innovation possible at Grambling State,” said President Gallot. “Our eyes are on the bright future ahead for our students. Everything we do is focused on ensuring their potential is realized.”

For the third consecutive year, President Gallot’s administration has earned recognition for outstanding leadership from HBCUgrow. Standout aspects contributing to the win are the University’s 7-year enrollment high, $50M partnership with Magic Johnson’s SodexoMAGIC, and the addition of Louisiana’s first 4-year degree in Cybersecurity.    

“We are working to show the world what’s possible when student outcomes are the first priority.” said Dr. Connie Walton, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

For top honors in LEAD Innovation, the HBCUgrow committee considered the University’s groundbreaking of Louisiana’s first Digital Library and Learning Commons, the initiation of the President’s Friends of Technology Advisory Board, and work to launch the first Cloud Computing degree in the state. 

Winners were selected in several categories based on peer nominations and input and data reviews by a panel of judges.  This year’s categories included LEAD Innovation, LEAD Marketing, LEAD Website, LEAD Military-Friendly and Best Leadership. Other winning institutions in different ranks and categories included Howard, Southern, and Jackson State Universities. 


Grambling State Extends Telework for Remote Employees Through April 30

Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order and Continued Statewide School Closures to Remain in Effect

GRAMBLING, La – April 7, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced the extension of its telework policies through April 30 in compliance with Governor John Bel Edwards Stay-at-Home Order.

“We must remain responsive to what we’re observing with the statewide spread of COVID-19 if we are to keep our community safe,” said President Gallot. “So far, following social distancing mandates and other CDC guidelines have been effective in keeping Grambling State students, faculty, and staff free of reported coronavirus cases.”

On March 30, 2020, the University announced the shift of remote capable employees to telework in accordance with the Governor’s initial Stay-at-Home Order. Already, over 2,000 students have departed campus residence, leaving only international students and those with extenuating circumstances – just over 100 students, who need ongoing support from essential functions such as dining, maintenance, and campus security. 

More on the University’s initial telework announcement and operational modifications can be found at

President & Mrs. Gallot on the passing of former UL Lafayette President, Dr. Ray Authement

To the Authement Family:  

On behalf of our entire Grambling State University community, we want to offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of Dr. Ray Authement. 

He is remembered with deep appreciation for his 34 years of service to the UL System as President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His tenure and temperament will be remembered with reverence and his example of outstanding leadership will live on through the countless lives that he impacted. Dr. Authement’s exemplary record excellent service by a university president is matched only by the respect and adoration he exhibited for higher education in Louisiana.   We will remember his life and contributions as an example of a person driven by purpose and visionary leadership.  

As you endure this challenging time, we hope you take comfort in the ongoing impact of his extraordinary life. We are grateful for his work and will keep your family lifted in our prayers.  

Forever Grambling,

President & Mrs. Rick Gallot

Grambling State Hosts Grammy-Winning Artists, BET, and adidas for Homecoming 2019

square-monicaAward-Winning R&B Artists Monica, Joe, and Ari Lennox to Headline November 1 Concert  
GRAMBLING, La – September 23, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced its 2019 Homecoming lineup will include headline performances by award-winning artists Monica, Joe, and Ari Lennox at the “Vibe-ish” concert, Friday, November 1, 2019, at 7 p.m.   Continue reading

Grammy Nominated, Musiq Soulchild to Headline Grambling State’s Bayou Classic Fundraiser

Combo-musiq-jubileeInaugural President’s Kicks Ball to Feature R&B Star and DJ Jubilee November 29

GRAMBLING, LA – September 17, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced that its Bring it Home 2019 Campaign finale will feature Grammy Award winner Musiq Soulchild as it celebrates the close of its $1 million campaign at 8 p.m. on November 29.  Continue reading

Grambling State Awards More Than $300,000 in Technology Scholarships

Ten Incoming Freshman Technology Students Receive Four-Years of Academic Funding

TECHTOUR_DSC5387GRAMBLING, LA — September 4, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced it has awarded ten tuition and fee scholarships to 10 incoming freshman majoring in technology-related degree programs as a part of its Technology Tour Scholarship program. 

“This scholarship is one of the many ways we are working to make higher education attainable for the next generation of cybersecurity and computer science leaders,” said President Rick Gallot. “We look forward to supporting the success of these students who made the great decision to choose Grambling State.”  Continue reading

Cybersecurity Summit at Grambling State to Feature Origin Bank, AT&T, General Dynamics and Century Link

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Grambling State University Cybersecurity Summit.

Technology Leaders Convene for a Two-Day Workshop and Employment Fair August 29

GRAMBLING, LA – August 22, 2019 – Grambling State University, home of Louisiana’s first bachelor of Cybersecurity degree, will host 11 executives for a two-day Cybersecurity Summit August 29-30. The event will connect students with leading technology professionals, including the Chief Information Officer of Dine Brands Global, which owns Applebee’s and IHOP. Continue reading

Grambling State Appoints Interim Engineering Technology Department Leadership

Notable Engineer and Associate Director of Bands Dr. Edwin Thomas to Head Growing Technology Program  

Thomas-Edwin-Headshot-squareGRAMBLING, LA– August 16, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced that Dr. Edwin Thomas will now lead the University’s Engineering Technology program which recently received new support from Governor Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development.  

“As our technology programs grow, it’s critical to ensure our students are connected with faculty who have the network and the knowledge to deliver a strong career start,” said President Rick Gallot. “From the band to the technology classroom, Dr. Thomas has proven to be a dedicated champion who leverages every opportunity to advance the lives of our students.” 

Dr. Thomas is an alumnus of Grambling State University and member of the academy for more than 30 years. After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree from GSU in 1978, he earned a Master’s in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Dr. Thomas returned home to Grambling State to earn his doctorate degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, Supervision and Management. 

Since then, he has served as an expert consultant on home and plant design throughout Louisiana and served in several faculty positions. Dr. Thomas has also served as an advisor for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. With numerous engineering certifications, include CAED from the University of Texas in Austin, and over 20 years of Industrial Engineering field experience, Dr. Thomas is well known for his leadership as a band director of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

The University’s Engineering Technology department offers concentrations in electronics engineering technology and drafting and design engineering technology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET). A construction Engineering Technology concentration is also offered in the department. 

The University will launch a national search for a Head of the Engineering Technology program later this year. 

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About Grambling State University 

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 42 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit